The Bartlinski Bunch

" Teresa "

" Teresa "

Teresa "Fang Fang " Bartlinski

Teresa was born on December 25, 2006 in China. She was born with a very complex heart condition. In July 2010, GOD added Teresa to our family through adoption. We have been blessed with 9 wonderful children. Gods grace has woven us together as a family. Upon bringing Teresa home from China we unfortunately learned she not only needed a heart transplant but also a lung transplant. Her doctors feel she would not survive this operation. Please help us to pray for a miracle for Teresa's heart and lungs to be healed. She is a very special little soul who has touched so many lives around the world ...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Flashes of Hope

Today we went to Johns Hopkins Hospital to participate in Flashes Of Hope. Flashes of Hope is a non profit organization that creates uplifting portraits of children fighting life threatening illnesses. Gemma and Teresa were invited to participate .

What started out as a nice day soon turned into a day filled with uncertainty .When we arrived at the hospital we were told we could not leave the garage because the hospital was on lock down. After 30 minutes we were aloud to enter the hospital. There were police everywhere and the halls were completely empty. Once in the room we were told the hospital was on lock down AGAIN . There was a shooting on floor 8 and we were on floor 9 and the suspect had not been apprehended. A young man had entered the hospital and was not happy with his mothers care , went up to her room and shot the doctor . From there the story became a little confusing . Some said he took the mother hostage and then shot her and himself. This is still unclear. But during this entire time the girls were having their photos taken and unaware of anything else going on . Since we were on lock down for a long time , the photographer just kept taking photos of the girls . He must of taken over 100 photos.
I had dressed the girls in coordinating colors but soon found out that the photos would be taken in black and white . Oh well , they looked cute anyway.

After several hours we were allowed to leave the hospital.
I wish I could say a fun day was had by all , well for the girls it was fun . They even had their makeup done( Lip gloss) ,which they just loved ! For Ed and I it was a little unnerving , but we made it home safely !


Teresa said...

I saw that on the news, but didn't know you and the girls were in the building. Thank God you are all safe!

Shannon said...

Oh my word!!!!! What an intense day! I can only imagine all that you must have been feeling at that time! I also can picture what amazing pictures the photographer got with those two little beauties!!!! Post them when you can!!!!

groovy mama said...

I don't know how to even comment on that...sorry about your day, hopefully things will get brighter...hugs to you and yours, Donna

Annie said...

I saw that on the news tonight! How scary for you!!

Aus said...

So sorry that you were there....the whole situation is just tragic....that's for protecting the girls from the fear that such a situation can bring!

glad that you guys are good - hugs - aus and co.

LA said...


I just thank GOD that you are all OK.

God bless,

Lee Ann

Faith, Hope, and Love said...

Wow...I can only imagine how stressful that must have been! Thank goodness the girls had no clue and were having a good time. What a day...huh?

Prayers for Gemma and Teresa!

Love and blessings,